Catalina Island Marathon

Avalon, Catalina Island
Saturday, March 10, 2018


Registration Fees:

Early Fee Through October 31, 2017

$125 - Marathon
$35 - 10K
$30- 5K
$10 - Kid's Run

November 1st Through January 15th, 2018

$135 - Marathon 
$40 - 10K
$35 - 5K
$10 - Kid's Run

January 16th Through March 11th, 2018

$145 - Marathon
$45 - 10K
$40 - 5K
$10 - Kid's Run 

Get a Double Buffalo Medal

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Run the Catalina Island Marathon in March and the Catalina Eco-Marathon in November consecutively and earn a Double Buffalo Medal!!


California’s Oldest Trail Marathon

Coming up on its 41st Anniversary, this "bucket list' marathon features the exciting and historic marathon course used largely since the first year on the Catalina Island Conservancy’s lands. This includes much of the rugged terrain, spectacular vistas, challenging climbs and special challenges enjoyed by thousands of runners over the years!

In cooperation with our host, Catalina Island Conservancy, the Catalina Island Marathon is a CUPLESS COURSE! For hydration, we will be offering marathon participants a complimentary Hydrapak reusable soft-cup. Paricipants may also provide their own hydration system. Thank you for helping us reduce the footprint on the island!

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Start Times | Marathon Course | 10K 5K Course | Awards | Travel | Photos

Marathon Runners will receive:

  • Long Sleeve "Finisher" Shirt - only finishers earn their shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finisher Year Bar - add to your collection or start your own tradition

10K & 5K Participants will receive:

  • Short Sleeve Shirt 

Kids Run Participants will receive:

  • Kids Finisher Medal

Start Times:

-Marathon Walkers: 6:30 a.m. in Two Harbors 
-Marathon: 7:00 a.m. in Two Harbors
-Avalon 5K: 8:15 a.m. in Avalon
-Avalon 10K: 8:20 a.m. in Avalon
-Avalon Kids Run: 9:30 a.m. in Avalon

***There will be an 8 hour cut-off time for the Marathon.

***We will have a truck in Two Harbors for bag check. Please make sure that your drop bag has your name and bib number visible on it. All bags will be brought back to the finish line in Avalon. 

Packet Pick-Up Information:

Friday, March 9- AVALON
Island Spa Catalina (New Location) 163 Crescent Ave. Avalon, CA 90704
3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 9- TWO HARBORS
Harbor Reef Restaurant

3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

***You must indicate on your registration whether you will be picking your packet up in Avalon or at Two Harbors.

Saturday, March 10- AVALON
Marathon- 4:00a.m. Cruise Dock on the Mole (where you will catch the morning boat)--Only for those coming into Avalon on the 7:00 p.m. boat from Long Beach. 

5K, 10K & Kids Run: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. at Wrigley Stage (located at the bottom of Sumner Ave. next to the Green Pier)

Saturday, March 10- TWO HARBORS
5:30 a.m.- MARATHON ONLY

What if I can’t pick-up my bib? Can someone else pick-up my bib for me? 
Yes, someone can pick-up your bib and registration materials if you cannot make it to packet pick-up. You MUST provide BOTH:

  • A copy of your valid driver’s license or photo identification card (Smartphone picture will be accepted)
  • A signed and printed out Event Waiver
  • A signed BIB Authorization Form


  • Click here to print Event Waiver for Catalina Island Marathon
  • Click here to print BIB Authorization form. BIB Authorization form will not be available onsite.

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Marathon Course Map:

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Download Course PDF

Catalina Island Marathon Course Meas
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10K & 5K Course Map

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Download 10K/5K Map

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Course Records:


Male: Bill McDermott, 2:39:58 (1991) 
Female: Heather Fuhr 3:07:00 (2010)


Male: Peter Long 0:32:34 (2009)
Female: Sherri Ellerby 0:38:49 (2009)      


Male: Robert Grove 0:16:27 (2008)
Female: Jennifer Rubio 0:19:32 (2009)


Marathon- Awards go to the top three male and female finishers in each age division, Clydesdale divisions, Athena divisions, and Islander Division. Awards will also be given to the overall top three male and female finishers. 

10K- Custom medals for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Overall awards for the top three overall male and female finishers

5K- Custom medals for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Overall awards for the top three overall male and female finishers

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Option A: Travel to Avalon on Friday night via the Catalina Express, stay in Avalon Friday night and take the race morning boat from Avalon to Two Harbors.
You may purchase a race morning boat ticket for $25 from Avalon to Two Harbors when you register online. This is an additional cost to your race registration. The boat leaves from the "mole" in Avalon at 5:00AM. 

Option B: Travel to Two Harbors on Friday night via Catalina Express and stay the night in Two Harbors. You can pick up your bib Friday night or Saturday morning and be ready to go at the start line. Click here for lodging options in Two Harbors. 

Option C: Catalina Classic Cruises will provide transportation to Marathon runners from Long Beach to Two Harbors via Avalon for $30.00. This is a one way fare. Cash or check only. Located inside the Queen Mary parking lot, in the Catalina Express Terminal. Parking is $15 per day. Please call in advance for reservation or information: 562-495-3566

Departure from Long Beach: 2:15 am. Race Morning
Arrive Avalon: 4:15am (no one gets off the boat)
Depart Avalon to Two Harbors: 5:00am
Arrive Two Harbors: 6:00am

Important note: Separate ticket for return boat must be purchased from the Catalina Express going to Downtown Landing Terminal. Catalina Classic and Catalina Express are approx. 1 mile apart, ($7.00 taxi, or 15 minute walk).  Remember if you depart from the Queen Mary terminal, you will return to the Catalina Express Downtown Landing terminal.”

Option D: Travel to Catalina with Island Express Helicopters. Island Express Helicopters offers transportation to Avalon and Two Harbors utilizing their S76 helicopter which holds up to 9 passagers the day before the race. Located next to the Queen Mary, the rate from Long Beach to Avalon is $125 per person each way. Island Express is also offering a special marathoner rate to Two Harbors for $125 per person each way from Long Beach to Two Harbors. Travel to Avalon or Two Harbors the day before the race and depart from Avalon after the race.

10K, 5K, and Kids Run-

Travel to Avalon on the 6:15 a.m. Catalina Express and pick up your registration at Wrigley Stage.

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Finisher Pins and Bars

All marathon participants will receive their Finisher Pin once they complete the marathon. For those completing their first Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon, starter pins will be available for $5.

Official Race Photos!

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